30.9.17 This week at Edgeryders – 30/9/17

Imagining an Egyptian Reef

As we head towards the Middle East and North Africa after OpenVillage festival, we are imagining what a self-organised and sustainable co-living network thats spans Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon would look like. Luckily @m_tantawy points us to certain models that already exist in Egypt from which we can draw inspiration and potentially collaborate with.

From the GrEEK Campus, Cairo’s first technology and innovation park in the heart of the city enabling startups to thrive and grow, to Sekem, a farming collective producing organic and biodynamic food, as well as operating a vocational training centre and medical clinic, to Darb, an art workshop in the heart of an old pottery village.. We think there is plenty to learn from these examples. Check out m_tantawy’s post and let us know how you would visualise The Reef MENA building on such models.

Edgeryders is hiring!

Research has worked well for Edgeryders. It has allowed us, consistently, to generate and follow “out there” hunches – and some of these hunches have become permanent features of our lives as a community and a social enterprise.

Our original ethnography on the transition of youth during the crisis led to the unMonastery; investigating community response to health and social care needs generated The Reef, where I now live: reflecting on the dynamics of radicalisation in the Southern Mediterranean led us to the nascent Open Village network. All of these were at the same time research results, prototypes, and waypoints on a profoundly meaningful journey for many of us.

We are setting up a new business unit within Edgeryders dedicated to research. As everything else in Edgeryders, it will be a network, not a box in an org chart. We want to start it by hiring a part-time research coordinator. If you want to be part of a thriving, radical, constructive community on a journey to a better society, consider applying.

A story of a Tunisian designer

What happens when you’re an illustrator with a masters degree in art and communication and suddenly find yourself in the middle of a revolution in your home country? Often it means a complete upheaval on your outlook of life catalysing personal and professional changes.

This was the case with Dorra Borgi, who found herself taking on a role in shaping a new ecosystem in Tunisia where art carries the bones of fractured societies and turns them into perspectives to draw from and heal. Dora’s post offers some interesting advice on regaining and reorienting the status quo in the face of institutional disrepair with her work at Errazi Psychiatric Hospital.

Check out her wonderful post here.